Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, can be performed for cosmetic or medical reasons.
There are several medical reasons that reconstructive (ophthalmic) eyelid surgery may be considered. If the position of the eyelids interferes with your field of vision, it may be necessary to remove some tissue to regain a full visual field. Certain medical eye conditions or injuries may also necessitate a reconstructive procedure.
Cosmetic eyelid surgery removes the excess fat and wrinkled, drooping skin of the upper eyelids that can result in a tired or sad-looking face. A lower lid blepharoplasty tightens the lower eyelid skin and can also eliminate bags under the eyes. Cosmetic eyelid surgery can correct problems resulting from aging, as well as inherited traits that can effect some patients as early as their 20s or 30s. This procedure can be performed under local anesthetic for many patients.
If you choose to have cosmetic eyelid surgery, it is important to have realistic expectations. Call and make an appointment to discuss your options with one of our surgeons.
Reasons to consider cosmetic eyelid surgery:
- Dark circles or large bags below the eyes.
- Excessive skin or wrinkles around the eyelids leading to a puffy appearance.
Reasons for reconstructive (ophthalmic) eyelid surgery:
- The position of the eyelids or excess skin around the eyes interferes with a full range of peripheral vision.
- To treat eyelid lesions, alterations due to inflammatory processes such as Grave’s disease, blepharochalasis, and floppy eyelid syndrome.
- To address damage from trauma to the eyelids.
- To repair damage from ptosis (drooping eyelids). In children, ptosis can lead to amblyopia (lazy eye).
Most reconstructive (ophthalmic) procedures are covered by insurance. However, cosmetic eyelid surgery is generally considered an elective procedure and not covered. For more information, call 800.472.0033.